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Home > News and Publications > Agents' Summary of Business Conditions, August 2016 Update

Agents' Summary of Business Conditions, August 2016 Update

10 August 2016
This update covers views gathered from business contacts by our Agents across the UK between late June 2016 and late July 2016. It generally compares activity and prices over the past three months with a year earlier.

  • A survey of companies indicated the result of the EU referendum would have a negative effect, overall, on capital spending, hiring and turnover over the coming year (see box on page 2, previously published in the August Inflation Report). Consistent with those results, Agents’ scores for employment and investment intentions had weakened in absolute terms, pointing to expectations of little change in staff numbers and capital spending over the coming six to twelve months.
  • Business services growth had softened further, partly reflecting weakness in commercial property investment and corporate transactions. Consumer spending growth had also slowed, although that appeared to have partly reflected the effects of unusually wet weather. A decline in manufacturing export volumes had been arrested, aided by the depreciation of sterling.

​Agents' Summary of Business Conditions, August 2016 Update

Key Resources

​Introducing the Agents' Scores
By Colin Ellis and Tim Pike, Quarterly Bulletin, Winter 2005